On ABC's hit reality show, Shark Tank, wealthy business owners (the Sharks) invest in new business ideas they love. Did you know that for some of the Sharks it wasn’t an easy swim to get to The Tank? Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, and Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary all had to overcome a major obstacle to become successful business people: a learning disability called dyslexia. While some people might have seen this disability as a road block, none of the Sharks let their disability stop them from achieving great success. In fact, they all say dyslexia is what helped them think differently than everyone else and get where they are today! Let’s dive in with these entrepreneurs.
“[Dyslexia] made me more creative, more social, and more competitive... It sure is challenging mentally, but it sure can keep you motivated, make you money and get you places nobody else is going to get.”
“Dyslexia forces you to solve problems in different ways, so you use more of your brain, including your capacity for visualization... I see the world in a different way than most people and for me that’s been a positive thing.” —Daymond John
“[I was taught to] hold a book in front of a mirror and read it. No one else could do that. That [showed me dyslexia is] not a weakness; it’s a power... I came to believe it. And I still do. I consider dyslexia a strength. You just need to be taught how to harness it.” —Kevin O’Leary
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Entrepreneur: A person who takes an idea, product, or service and turns it into a business
Dyslexia: A learning disability that makes it difficult to read and write numbers and letters